Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2018 so Far

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

I’ve not been reading much this year and I think the reason why is a combination of things. As always, I am a mood reader so if I’m not in the mood to read, chances are I won’t. That’s the main reason, but contributing factors have been a lack of time and energy. This year has been pretty full on for me. I’ve started a new job, I’m still working shifts at my old job, making travel plans, and sorting my life out, so putting my efforts into all that just leaves me feeling drained sometimes. Safe to say I’ve been in a bit of a slump this year. However, numbers don’t matter when it comes to reading and instead of spotlighting 10 books for this list, I’ve gone with my top 3.

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May & June Wrap Up 2018

Just a warning, this will be a long one. I completely forgot to schedule a wrap up for May and figured I’d make this one a double whammy.  A lot has happened in the last two months. I don’t even know where to start. Now that I’m back home, my Canadian adventure feels like a dream. I genuinely had the best time out there and am already itching to go back. 

I wasn’t very active in the blogosphere during the holiday and it was nice to have that little break from the blog. I still checked in every now and then, but that was out of choice instead of that feeling of obligation. The break was just what I needed to revive my enthusiasm for blogging. I came back from the trip with fresh ideas for the blog.

Now, in preparation for this trip, I ended up stocking my kindle with a bunch of different titles and packed two books with me thinking I’d do some bedtime reading at some point. That did not happen and I read a total of one book on the holiday. However, since coming home I’ve found a new motivation to read and ended up speeding through To Kill a Kingdom. 


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April Wrap Up 2018

We’re already a third of the way into 2018 and here comes my obligatory where has the time gone statement. April was super busy for me this year. To start, I took on a load of extra shifts at my job which was great but also exhausting, especially since I also have a second job as well. So, usually, by the time I’d get home I’d be so tired, I wouldn’t even attempt to open my laptop. That means, I also wasn’t as active on the blog, which I’m still so sorry about. My blog hopping game has been terrible recently so if you’ve posted something you’re proud of feel free to send me the link so I can read them.

I also celebrated my 24th birthday in April. I worked in the day but treated myself to an abundance of cake and Chinese food in the evening. It was a very relaxed birthday.

The good news is that I also read a whopping 2 books in April. This is a big deal since my prior record was just 1 book per month, so I’m slowly getting my reading mojo back. I read Say You Remember Me by Katie McGarry which was raw, realisitc, and emotional. It was the perfect book to get out of this funk. I also read Invictus by Ryan Graudin. This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 and it definitely lived up to my expectations. I love how Graudin explores the consequences of time travel and the character dynamics were incredible. 

Here’s a summary of April for all of you.

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March Wrap Up 2018

Sorry, this post is a little late. Admittedly I forgot all about my monthly recap, but it’s here and very short this time around. March was a very slumpy month for me. We got bombarded by more snow at the start of the month, but we did get a few days that showed signs of spring. 

As you know I’ve been in a terrible slump so far this year. However, my non-reading state gives me more time to catch up on my TV shows. In March, I was in the mood to re-watch Attack on Titan. As I was watching it I actually found myself appreciating the earlier episodes more in terms of their set up and how it helped establish the characters. Captain Levi is still my favourite though.

This months reading list is not that remarkable, but I always find that the best methods to beat a slump is to power through it or to re-read a favourite. Walk the Edge features one of my favourite McGarry couples and I never get tired of reading their story.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Invisible Ghosts

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, created by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Invisible Ghosts by Robyn Schneider

Publication Date: June 5th, 2018

Goodreads Summary
Rose Asher believes in ghosts. She should, since she has one for a best friend: Logan, her annoying, Netflix-addicted brother, who is forever stuck at fifteen. But Rose is growing up, and when an old friend moves back to Laguna Canyon and appears in her drama class, things get complicated.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Muse of Nightmares

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, created by Jill at Breaking The Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer, #2) by Laini Taylor

Publication Date: October 2nd, 2018

Goodreads Summary
Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.
She believed she knew every horror, and was beyond surprise.
She was wrong.

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

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Waiting on Wednesday: That Night

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, created by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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That Night by Amy Giles

Publication Date: October 23rd, 2018

Goodreads Summary
One night in March, a terrible tragedy shakes the Queens neighborhood where Jessica Nolan and Lucas Rossi live.

The year since the shooting has played out differently for Jess and Lucas, both of whom were affected by that night in eerily similar, and deeply personal, ways. Lucas has taken up boxing and lives under the ever-watchful eye of his overprotective parents while trying to put good into the world through random acts of kindness—to pay back a debt he feels he owes the universe for taking the wrong brother.

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